Credit to Bobby Green, if he hadn’t stepped up to take on Islam Makhachev with little more than a week’s notice, this Saturday’s UFC card would be a complete mess. Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez stands out as the event’s other major highlight fight on a card that has some interesting matchups but very little stakes or notoriety.
For fans interested in diving deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC VEGAS 49 fight card, as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green — At 4:36, Odds 33:43, Picks, Zane: Makhachev, Connor: Green
Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman — At 34:28, Odds 41:28, Picks, Both: Cirkunov
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Priscila Cachoeira — At 42:00, Odds 49:48, Picks, Zane: Kim, Connor: Cachoeira
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez — At 50:30, Odds 1:00:52, Picks, Both: Tsarukyan
Armen Petrosyan vs. Gregory Rodrigues — At 1:01:56, Odds 1:09:31, Picks, Both: Rodrigues
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Zhu Rong vs. Ignacio Bahamondes — At 1:18, Odds 11:19, Picks, Both: Bahamondes
Josiane Nunes vs. Ramona Pascual — At 13:12, Odds 17:11, Picks, Both: Nunes
Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam — At 17:24, Odds 25:32, Picks, Both: McKinney
Jinh Yu Frey vs. Hannah Goldy *CANCELLED — At 25:50, Odds 32:34, Picks, Both: Frey
Alejandro Perez vs. Jonathan Martinez — At 32:49, Odds 43:03, Picks, Zane: Martinez, Connor: Perez
Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Michael Gillmore — At 44;19, Odds 47:25, Picks, Both: Brahimaj
Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez — At 48:42, Odds 55:38, Picks, Zane: Altamirano, Connor: Hernandez
For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’… Standings for our last event, UFC Vegas 48: Walker vs Hill — Zane went 9/12, Connor went 10/12. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 490/771 and Connor is now 479/771.
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